# 10 Rockland Bakery and Friehofers Bakery
You can’t miss the aroma of the freshly baked dough steaming in the atmosphere, especially while I do my workout at Planet Fitness. What’s better than the smell of fresh dough in the air right after a good workout, right ?. Burning off 400 calories from a 45 mins. exercise in the threadmill and then devouring a 450 calorie French Pastry in 10 mins. afterwards. It might not be the best return of investment in my book but here in Rockland, we live like rock stars.
# 9 Downtown Nyack
After a long busy day, it’s always great to have a quick happy hour with the buddies. There are plenty of great towns all over Rockland, but I still think that down-town Nyack is still a winner. It combines hip, funky and trendy with great historic preservation that made Rockland County awesome in many ways.
# 8 Palisades Mall
I can still remember when the Palisades Mall was still being built about 14 years ago. As a guy, I turn into a big girl when it comes to “heights.” So what’s a better way to cure my phobia than climbing up one of the largest indoor jungle gym in America at the Palisades mall. It really is a good dare to anyone’s ego when infants and toddlers are hopping up and down with smiles in their faces, while a grown man like me is about to pee in my pantalones (pants for those no hablo espanol).
# 7 Shops at Nanuet
The shops in Nanuet is like that chubby unpopular nerd in Junior year of High School that had a profound makeover in his Senior year. He lost a lot of weight and lost majority of the acne. Suddenly everyone that never paid attention now wants to be his friend and is now quite popular with the ladies.
# 6 Rockland Boulders
Football might be America’s sport but I believe that baseball is still America’s favourite pastime.
# 5 Favorite Bagel/Coffee Shop
As I am writing this now, I am actually in one of my favourite coffee shops in Rockland. And as of right now, I am staring at a cute dog and an even cuter owner. Being in a coffee shop with a friendly environment just helps in letting out the creative juices flow and there’s nothing better than a cup of Joe straight to the veins. Wait, I gotta go use the bathroom…
# 4 Favorite Libraries
I wasn’t much of a book worm but if I was, Rockland would be a heaven sent. So much free resources in these Rockland libraries. But I have to admit, that the library sofas is where I get my best naps.
# 3 Favorite Restaurants
There are plenty of delicious restauraants all around Rockland County. I have to admit I seldom go to restaurants unless I have my groupon. Yes, I am a frugal son of a gun, but
# 2 Awesome Parks
Rockland is blessed with natural beauty. I really had to ponder why I consciously chose to live in this cold expensive tundra that we call Rockland County. And after a nice walk around Congers lake or a quick run around Rockland lake and seeing nature and it’s solitude… I suddenly know why.
# 1 The People
Ever since the history of mankind, a community has helped humanity evolve and flourish. The Rockland community has been one that values generosity and hard work and a strong dedication to family. The majority of my circle of friends all came from a well rounded family. And I believe that this was the biggest factor that leads to success.